The Carnegie Hall stage is reserved for legends only.
In 1985, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Melle Mel made history as the first hip-hop artists to ever to perform at the historic venue. 27 years later, Jay-Z will join the ranks of those immortalized by gracing its hallowed stage.
In his most intimate performances in years, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter will headline the first ever hip-hop focused series at Carnegie Hall, in the Stern Auditorium, raising millions for the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation on February 6, 2012 at 8:00pm and February 7, 2012 at 9:30pm. Concert goers will get a once in a lifetime experience as Jay-Z takes the stage at the New York landmark to raise dollars that will help boost on-time graduation rates in underserved New York City schools and put college within reach for low-income students across the five boroughs.
“It's every artist's dream to play a venue as legendary as Carnegie Hall,” commented Jay-Z. “The fact that I can use the arts and my talent to benefit the education of the next generation of artists, entrepreneurs, and great thinkers makes for a legendary night. I'm proud to be a part of the continuing work of United Way of New York City and expanding the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.”
Poverty has the strongest correlation to dropout rates. New York City has the largest income gap in the U.S., and thirty percent of children in New York City live in poverty. Because of statistics like these, coupled with the fact that thirty-nine percent of New York City students who enter high school will not graduate on time, United Way of New York City, The Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation and Shawn “Jay-Z Carter are engaging activists and philanthropists to provide resources and opportunities for students.
“United Way is dedicated to helping low-income New Yorkers build better lives, and we know that the greatest antidote to poverty is education,” said Gordon J. Campbell, CEO, United Way of New York City. “For more than 20 years, we have been active in early childhood centers and public schools, working with educators, families and students to address barriers to success inside and outside the classroom. We are so pleased to partner with Jay-Z and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, who share our belief that every child deserves a great education.”
"It will be a thrill to welcome Jay-Z to Carnegie Hall as he joins an illustrious list of top popular artists who have appeared at the Hall throughout its history," said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall's Executive and Artistic Director. "It's wonderful that he and the United Way of New York City have come together with the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation for these performances, putting a spotlight on an important cause, creating greater access to higher education."
For those feeling generous, Private ticket packages will go on sale Monday, December 12th. For information on these private sales, please visit www.unitedwaynyc.org or www.shawncartersf.com. --Robbie Sokolowsky